Yotam Ottolenghi's Green Gazpacho

Yotam Ottolenghi's Green Gazpacho

The Spruce / Wanda Abraham

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
688 Calories
54g Fat
44g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 688
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g 70%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1068mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Protein 13g
Calcium 297mg 23%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Green Gazpacho recipe is from Ottolenghi's book, Plenty. As he states in the book, there are a million recipes for gazpacho, which he says is his favorite cold soup. This one, a green variation is loosely based on tarator, a cold yogurt and cucumber soup from the Balkans. A freestanding blender works best but a stick blender could also be used to bring the ingredients together.

As you can see from the instructions, this is the easiest of soups to make. There may be many ingredients but they are straightforward and require very little preparation. It is certainly worth the effort. A delicious soup and perfect on a hot summer's day.​​

Ingredients

  • 2 celery sticks (including the leaves)
  • 2 small green peppers (deseeded)
  • 6 mini cucumbers (12 oz/350g in total, peeled)
  • 3 slices stale white bread (4 1/4 oz/120g in total, crusts removed)
  • 1 fresh green chili (or less if you don’t want it too hot)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 5 1/4 oz/150g walnuts (lightly toasted)
  • 7 oz/200g baby spinach
  • 1 oz/25g basil leaves
  • 1/3 oz/10g parsley
  • 4 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 cup/110ml olive oil
  • 1 1/3 oz/40g Greek yogurt
  • about 2 cups/450ml water
  • 8 3/4 oz/250g ice cubes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Dash white pepper
  • For the Croutons:
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup/110ml olive oil
  • 2 thick slices sourdough bread, (5 1/4 oz/150g in total)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Yotam Ottolenghi's Green Gazpacho ingredients

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  2. Preheat the oven to 375 F/190 C/Gas Mark 5 and grab a baking sheet.

    baking sheet

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  3. Cut the bread into 1"/2cm cubes and toss with the oil and a bit of salt. Spread on pan and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the croutons turn golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool down.

    bread cubes on a baking sheet

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  4. Give the celery, peppers, cucumbers, bread, chili,​ and garlic a rough chop.

    celery, peppers, cucumbers, bread, chili,​ and garlic

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  5. Place in a blender and add the sugar, walnuts, spinach, basil, parsley, vinegar, oil, yogurt, most of the water, half the ice cubes, the salt, and some white pepper.

    gazpacho ingredients in a blender

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  6. Blitz the soup until smooth. Add more water, if needed, to get preferred consistency. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning.

    gazpacho in a blender

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  7. Add the remaining ice and pulse once or twice, just to crush it a little.

    gazpacho in a blender

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  8. Serve at once, with the croutons.

    Yotam Ottolenghi's Green Gazpacho in a bowl

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